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2014 Arterial Paving Project: 3RD AVENUE

July 17, 2014

Project updates – July 2014

Miss the open house?  Check out our materials from the July 15, 2014 open house:

Project Overview

Existing Conditions

3rd Avenue is a primary arterial, connecting downtown to Queen Anne (and North Seattle) to the International District (and South Seattle). 3rd Avenue serves more than 3,600 vehicles per day, approximately 45% of which are buses, making this one of the most heavily used transit corridors in the country. Today, 3rd Avenue is marked by potholes, cracks in the pavement and seams in the roadway, which can be hazards for vehicles, bike riders and pedestrians.


Improving safety, accessibility and comfort

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will make road and sidewalk improvements along 3rd Avenue between Denny Way and Virginia Street. The project will include:

  • Rebuilding sections of 3rd Avenue with concrete for improved durability and longevity
  • Repaving parts of 3rd Avenue where the pavement is in poor condition
  • Installing curb bulbs at Clay, Blanchard and Lenora streets to shorten crossing distances and improve pedestrian safety and visibility
  • Replacing substandard curb ramps to provide ADA-compliant pedestrian access
  • Replacing drainage inlets, where needed, to improve stormwater management

Current Schedule

Public Outreach

SDOT is committed to engaging with the community and understanding the needs in the project area. Nearby businesses and residents will receive updated information as the design is finalized and plans for construction evolve.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 15 from 5 – 6:30 PM at the Belltown Community Center (415 Bell Street), where participants can learn more about the project, ask questions and meet the project team.

To date, the project team has:

  • Mailed a postcard invitation for the July 2014 open house to approximately 8,400 nearby property owners and tenants (May 2014)
  • Mailed letters to the adjacent businesses and residential properties within the project area to provide more information about the project and invite them to the open house (June-July 2014)

Project Materials

Click the links below to view our project materials:

Project Funding

The project budget is $9.3 million from SDOT’s Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) Program, which is funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy.

Questions or Comments?


Paul Elliott
Project Communications Lead
(206) 684-5321

Johanna Landherr
Project Manager
(206) 684-4574

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